Organize Your Life: The Complete Guide to Home Organization

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Ready to get your house organized but just not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Let’s start your home organization by taking it one room at a time.

You’ve heard the old saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” If you're striving to make that phrase a reality, then you’re probably feeling the way we’ve all felt at one point or another – overwhelmed by clutter. We get it. Getting your home organized can be a time-consuming process but the reward of tackling the task is so satisfying!

Organizing Your Bathroom

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To get those organizational juices flowing, let’s start with a smaller room. Getting your bathroom organized starts with decluttering. Your bathroom cabinets can seem like a time capsule of products and gadgets you’ve accumulated over the years, but it’s probably time for a lot of stuff to go. Cleaning out those cabinets can allow you to store things easier, so your countertops are clear of unnecessary items. You can find out more about decluttering your bathroom by checking out our tips on bathroom organization.

Organizing Closet Chaos

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So, your bathroom is beautifully organized and you feel so much better, I’m sure. By this point, you may even have a label maker in hand, energized and ready to tackle the next room. Your closet will make for the perfect room to organize next.

When organizing your closet, you’re going to start out by – you guessed it – decluttering. Go through your clothes, shoes and accessories to purge what you don’t wear, don’t need and maybe have hung on to for far too long (how many of you ladies still have that senior prom dress hanging in the back of your closet?) and consider donating or selling items. Next, consider ways to maximize your closet space by adding shelves, hanging racks, drawers or hooks.

Once you have your closet organized, the hard part is over. Keeping it beautifully organized is a task of its own, but luckily we have tips to keep your closet organized with simple, day-to-day steps.

Organizing Your Kitchen

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Now you’re on a roll. You’re becoming a pro at this organization stuff and you’re ready for a bigger room. Let’s move to the kitchen. Even if your kitchen counters stay pretty clutter free, what about those cabinets and the pantry? What’s hiding back there that has an expiration date of 2 years ago?

Start by going through your pantry, refrigerator and spices. Toss what needs to go and condense space by using baskets, clear containers that stack or have drawers to store items like snacks. If you can take items out of boxes and place them in storage containers in your pantry, you will save room by eliminating bulky boxes that are half full, and you can easily see if you are running low on items.

That’s just one of the many ways you can organize your kitchen. You can check out these 5 tips to declutter your kitchen for more ways to easily find what you need, when you need it!

Organize Your Laundry and Mud Room

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Dirty clothes, ironing, school bags, sports equipment, there is one room in the house where all these things seem to reside at the end of the day. If this sounds like your laundry and mud room right now, you’re not alone. It’s one of those rooms that feels like a revolving door of the same things coming and going each day, but a little organization will help keep that rotation of items looking less cluttered and everywhere.

You can organize your laundry and mud room by using shelves for frequently used laundry items like detergents, adding in cabinets for storage, and creating a drop zone for shoes, bags and other items for an easy, come-and-go transition.

That’s just a few ways to make the most out of your laundry and mud room space, but you can take a deeper dive with these laundry room organization hacks.

Organizing Kid's Rooms

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Between all the clothes, sports equipment, toys and homework, it can be extra tricky to stay on top of the mess in your children's bedrooms. Like many of the other rooms in your home, the key to organizing this space is to take inventory of all that stuff on a regular basis. Then you can make use of vertical storage, multipurpose furniture and even a drop zone to help keep clutter at bay. Creating a regular organization routine with your child will also make them feel included in the process, and give you a helping hand.

For more storage ideas, make sure to take a look at our full post on organizing kids' spaces.

Organizing Your Garage

Man painting shelves in the garage of a manufactured home

By this point in your home organization journey, you are unstoppable. You’ve been decluttering, sorting, grouping, labeling and high fiving yourself for these accomplishments, as you rightfully should. Consider everything leading up to this as training for biggest organizational challenge most of us struggle with – the garage. It’s also known as the catchall for all things that we don’t have a place for.

Whether you use your garage for storage of all kinds and tools or you would like to have room for a work station or home gym, we have 5 ways to organize your garage so you maximize your space and can easily locate items while also having some flex space of your own.

With all these tips broken down room-by-room, you’ll be ready to kick back and relax in a nice, organized space. As you go through this guide to declutter and organize, it’s also a great time to work on some seasonal home maintenance tasks.

Take care of your home all year long with this easy-to-use seasonal checklist.

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